The Lions had to trade up in the third round to acquire the Boston College product. Ultimately, Detroit received No. 81 from the Vikings in exchange for No. 88 (which was acquired in the Golden Tate deal) and No. 204.
Harris was undoubtedly a logical pick; as a senior captain, the safety finished with 75 tackles, earning him a third-team All-ACC nod. His best season came in 2018, when he led the nation with four fumble recoveries. Harris ended up being one of three BC players to be selected in the first three rounds, joining first-round lineman Chris Lindstrom (Falcons) and third-round defensive end Zach Allen (Cardinals).
In Detroit, Harris could have a chance to establish himself as a major contributor. At the moment, Tavon Wilson and Quandre Diggs are slotted in as the team’s starters. If that ends up being the case, Harris will be competing with free agent addition Andrew Adams and 2018 third-rounder Tracy Walker for backup reps.
As we mentioned, this signing means the team has inked all of their 2019 draft class to contracts. That grouping includes:
- 1-8: T.J. Hockenson, TE (Iowa)
- 2-43: Jahlani Tavai, LB (Hawaii)
- 3-81: Will Harris, S (Boston College)
- 4-117: Austin Bryant, DE (Clemson)
- 5-146: Amani Oruwariye, CB (Penn State)
- 6-184: Travis Fulgham, WR (Old Dominion)
- 6-186: Ty Johnson, RB (Maryland)
- 7-224: Isaac Nauta, TE (Georgia)
- 7-229: P.J. Johnson, DT (Arizona)
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